Re: Steele under fire over Campbell honour, Sept. 13.
Your article notes the Facebook site, “Gordon Campbell does not deserve the Order of BC award,” had 5,200 people “liking” it.
Is it Stephanie Ryan’s contention that social media should dictate government function? If so, there is probably no need to have elections or elected representatives, when B.C. could be legislated by Facebook.
Whatever people now think of the disputed HST and how it probably ended Campbell’s electoral career, enough people thought enough of him to three times elect him mayor of Vancouver, and for 15 years the MLA for Point Grey, including being elected three times as premier.
When I arrived in B.C. 10 years ago, B.C. had become a “have-not” province with respect to federal transfer payments, for the first time in my memory. The subsequent 10 years saw B.C. have one of the strongest economies in Canada and indeed the western world. Unless I have been sadly misled by the media, Campbell was premier for all that time, until last March.
It doesn’t seem he did a bad job.
If, as Ryan asserts, this award is an example of “cronyism,” I invite her to give an example of any recipients who were not cronies of somebody.
Bob Holden, White Rock